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October 13, 2016

AirParrot 2.6.2 for Mac and Windows is Now Available

A new AirParrot 2 update is now available for all Mac and Windows users. This update fixes minor issues and adds stability and performance improvements for the AirParrot Remote iOS app.

You can update AirParrot 2 by selecting “Check for Updates” from the AirParrot 2 preferences menu. Additionally, you can download the new version from the AirParrot 2 download page.

AirParrot 2.6.2 update notes for Mac and Windows users:

  • Resolved an issue that could cause screens mirrored to an Apple TV 4 to appear very small
  • Improvements to AirParrot Remote stability and performance
  • Improved Bonjour discovery of Chromecast version 1.21.72444
  • Quick Connect now supports modifiers for troubleshooting and legacy connection modes
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and performance improvements
October 4, 2016

Squirrels Attends OTA 2016

 

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Where in the world is Squirrels this week? We’re in Oklahoma City for the annual Oklahoma Technology Association conference! The Oklahoma Technology Association is the leading voice for promoting the appropriate use of technology in Oklahoma schools.

We’re excited to connect and share our screen-sharing solutions with nearly 2,000 teachers, technology administrators, superintendents, career technology personnel and higher education personnel. This is the first time that the Squirrels team has journeyed to Oklahoma, so we are excited to see where this opportunity takes us (and to have an appropriate time to sing the Oklahoma! musical soundtrack).

If you want to learn more about our products, be sure to stop by booth 510 or one of these sessions:

Also, catch these active members of the EdTech community and Alpha Squirrels in one of their sessions:

If you’re attending #OTAEM16 next week, stop by booth 510 and say hello. We’re excited to meet you and show you the possibilities our screen-sharing solution brings to the classroom!

October 3, 2016

Edcamp Foothills

September 10, 2016 was a big day in the EdTech world. Why? Because none other than Edcamp Foothills was happening, and we just so happen to know one of the sponsors. :)

You guessed it! This September, the Squirrels team was a proud sponsor of Edcamp Foothills in Valdese, North Carolina. Although this was the only Edcamp we sponsored this month, it was undeniably one to remember. The best part? We were lucky enough to have participation from two of our Alpha Squirrels (Nancy Betler and Megan McBain) at this professional development event. Not only were they able to spread the knowledge of Squirrels with other educators, but they were also able to come out of this day feeling empowered and motivated as an educator.

Alpha Squirrels Nancy and Meghan  at EdCamp Foothills Alpha Squirrels Nancy and Meghan at EdCamp Foothills

“EdCamps are an amazing trend in professional development where the participants guide the training.  As it says on the EdCamp Foothills website, ‘The learning at EdCamps is driven by the PEOPLE who choose to get up early on a Saturday and come out to learn.’  The participants not only choose the sessions that will be offered that day but also decide which of those sessions best meet their individual professional needs,” Betler said.

Edcamps are great resources to learn new tips and tricks that teachers may not have known about before. More importantly teachers are able to grow and strengthen their personal learning network with other teachers and EdTech companies. This is a great time for teachers to talk about what is and is not working in their classrooms, as well as gather contact information to collaborate after the event ends. Additionally, EdTech companies, like us, are always open to supporting and helping educators in any way that we can, which is why sponsoring Edcamps is something that is vital to the advancement of teachers.

“It is wonderful that so many different education companies understand the value of EdCamps,” Betler said.

Edcamp Foothills discussed an array of topics including Makerspaces, Literacy,  , BreakoutEdu, Canvas and of course, Reflector 2. They didn’t just talk about these items, they experienced it, and got to see them in action, which is something that is so special about the Edcamp movement. Most of the time, getting to see these topics in action allows teachers to leave feeling confident and ready to implement them into their own lessons.

“I felt like BreakoutEdu was something that I had needed to see in action before using it in order to make it concrete. EdCamp Foothills gave me that opportunity.  It left me empowered to confidently use it with my students,” Betler said.

Seeing Nancy, Megan and the rest of the educators that attended Edcamp Foothills feeling personally and professionally empowered is something that makes our job so rewarding. The impact that Edcamps have on educators is something that can last for years to come. We can’t wait to see all the great things to come from this day.

“EdCamps are definitely ‘created by educators for educators,’ and that is what I think makes the difference in their success. The people who run them are passionate about them as well as the people who attend,” Betler said.

To learn more about our Alpha Squirrels program, you can visit alpha.airsquirrels.com.

September 26, 2016

#SquirrelsDoFL: 2016 Company Retreat

Squirrels 2016 Retreat Destin FL

It’s common to find crabs on the beach, but you’d never expect to find 34 squirrels there.

Last week we found ourselves in Destin, Florida, for our annual company retreat. You might think we were there to catch rays all week, but that’s not the case.

Although the white sand beach and stunningly clear blue ocean was tempting, we spent a majority of our week building team camaraderie, looking at our company/department goals and what we want to accomplish over the next 24 months. Our days were spent talking about products, markets, finances and the exciting things we are planning for the future.

Our retreats are undoubtedly vital to the growth and health of our company as a whole. With our team continually expanding, it’s important to keep enhancing the family culture that makes Squirrels…Squirrels. Doing this in an area outside of the office and away from the distractions of our own lives has proven to give us the energy we need to continue serving our loyal users for the future. Our tradition of company retreats is beneficial because it allows us to foster relationships that we’ve built with each other, interact with people we normally wouldn’t and make every employee feel valued. Nothing like a beach to bring out the best in each other!

Now that we’ve reflected, we’re back in the office, rejuvenated and ready to achieve all the goals we’ve put in place for the next year. Stay tuned for all the great things to come from Squirrels.

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September 13, 2016

These are the Squirrels You Want in Your House

Squirrels is not your average company. We are often in sandals and shorts at the office. Occasionally you will spot a T-Rex reading a magazine, and it’s pretty normal to see someone zoom past you on a hoverboard. While we have fun, what really makes us stand out is our dedication to giving back to the community we love so much.

Earlier this month, Squirrels partnered with Habitat for Humanity for the fourth time to help build and restore homes for local families. Habitat for Humanity is a world-wide organization that not only gives families the opportunity to own an affordable home, but also to provides them the resources to get out of debt and lead a positive life. Today, Habitat for Humanity serves nearly 500 families in East Central Ohio.

Our team was divided between four different sites in Canton. Our time was spent nailing in baseboards and window frames, knocking down walls, ripping up carpet and painting. We even got to use power tools (we know - Squirrels using power tools can be a frightening image). We accomplished multiple days worth of work in a single morning. Even we were impressed!

Of course no Squirrels activity is complete without at least a couple dozen photos.

We’re grateful that we had the opportunity to help such deserving families, and we wish the best for all of them. To learn more about how to get involved with Habitat for Humanity in your area, visit their website.

About Us

Squirrels is a software development company based in North Canton, Ohio. We create high-quality, budget-friendly screen mirroring and device management software that’s compatible with today’s most popular devices. To date, our software can be found in hundreds of thousands of classrooms, businesses and homes. Follow our blog for all the latest product updates, Squirrels news and technology insight!